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The separatists in Catalonia in danger of losing the majority

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From a polling station in Barcelona where a woman registers before going into the booth to cast her vote, probably with her dog. Photo: Emilio Morenatti / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 12.05.2024 22:49:30

Policy: When 90 percent of the votes have been counted, the four Catalan separatist parties have received a total of 61 mandates. That is well short of the 68 they need to get a majority in the regional parliament.

The Socialist Party is likely to get 42 mandates alone, somewhat higher than expected.

The Socialists, who are the party of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanches, will have to negotiate a coalition with other parties anyway.

Catalonia has previously tried to break away from Spain. The last time was in 2017, and it ended with the then regional leader Carles Puigdemont going into self-imposed exile to avoid prosecution. This year he has run an election campaign from France for the party Junts.

Last week the Spanish newspaper published El País an opinion poll that agrees fairly well with the result: the Socialists were expected to get 40 seats, while Puigdemont’s Junts were predicted to get 34 seats. The Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya (ERC) was on the poll to get 26 seats.

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